Thursday, August 24, 2006

Offer Price for First California Wine Grapes

grapes5-w.jpgCalifornia’s and the world’s largest winery, E&J Gallo, has tossed out the first California wine grape price pitch of the season. It was low and away.

A price of $125 per ton for open market Thompson seedless grapes and other low value white grapes has San Joaquin Valley grape growers taking for a ball and looking for the next pitch they think may come.

The first Gallo price is $25 more than the marketer of 75 million cases of wine per year offered last year. About the only thing growers can say positive about it is that the delivery came earlier than last year. Gallo did not come out with its $100 price in ’05 until October. This year’s price announcement came out around the “normal” time frame for Gallo.

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